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100 Moments That Mattered by Peter Joyce

100 Moments That Mattered by Peter Joyce

Taken from the review done by Wilma den Hartigh of Media Club South Africa.

The book is divided into seven parts, and includes well-known events such as the Great Trek; the birth of Johannesburg; the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak which killed 140 000 people in seven weeks in South Africa; the apartheid years and events such as the defiance campaign, the Sharpeville massacre and Mandela’s release from prison.

Joyce also included sporting events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup and the Rugby World Cup for the unifying effect that they had on South Africans. There are also tributes to talented sportsmen such as cricket all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira and boxers Brian Mitchell and Baby Jake Matlala.

Anyone who is interested in popular history, general reference and the story of South Africa and its people will enjoy the book.

Click here to read the full review.

About the book:

100 Moments that Mattered features a selection of 100 events, and the people involved in them, that shaped the nature of South African society over the centuries.

It is a compendium of interesting stories presented in bite-size chunks, providing a coherent and colourful picture of the nation’s history. Written in an accessible style, and beautifully illustrated throughout, this book will entertain and inform. It covers the main political events, as well as milestones in technology, culture, entertainment and sport, and a few stories that are included for their humour and charm.

Click here for more information on 100 Moments That Mattered: Events that Built South Africa 


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